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#PoliceBill: The Lords have blocked the #Tory plan to outlaw #protest

This is a bit huge, isn’t it?

Members of one House of Parliament have shown that they are capable of listening to the public, and have voted to block a plan by the Tory government to outlaw “noisy” and/or “disruptive” organised protests.

The decision to erase this part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has come after a weekend of “noisy” and/or “disruptive” organised protests against this government policy.

And it followed a debate that was punctuated by the noise of a demonstration against the Bill outside the Lords Chamber, to which peers did not object at all.

Home Office minister Baroness Williams tried to persuade peers that police would only use the proposed new powers where “necessary” and “appropriate” – but it seems nobody believed her on that. Once the law is passed, police will be allowed to adhere to its letter, not whatever meaning is being applied to it now. That means they’ll be able to do what they like – and that’s not acceptable in a democratic society.

Baroness Williams tried to gather support by saying the noisy protest outside would not be stopped – which is odd, as part of the Bill would have banned protest from Parliament Square.

Instead, she said noisy anti-vaccination protests outside a school or nursing home were a different matter – and that police should have the powers to intervene if necessary. But such protests are unique to the Covid-19 crisis; they don’t need a permanent law.

So it seems Priti Patel’s Bill is intended to address only current, short-term issues – but will then leave the measures to address them on the statute books in order to oppress people who would otherwise be described as entirely law-abiding exercisers of their democratic rights.

Again: not acceptable in a democratic society.

The Lords also voted to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, in spite of the government’s policy not to.

Baroness Williams reckoned any evidence that a crime was misogynistic would be entirely subjective, and police would get tied up in reporting and monitoring statistics and data which are unlikely to be reliable.

Well, This Writer is not convinced. Misogyny is quantifiable and I’m sure people who investigate crimes will know how to do that. Perhaps Priti Patel could try talking with police sometime, instead of talking at them.

The Bill cannot be passed into law until both Houses have agreed on what it should be – so it will go back to the Commons, where the Tory majority will undoubtedly reverse these changes, along with several others agreed by the Lords.

They won’t think about it; they’ll just nod the stupidity back in.

And so the long year begins.

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Video of #KillTheBill activists on #PritiPatel chat is funny – but also shows she can’t answer real questions

Here’s an insight into the way your Tory overlords behave.

Priti Patel went on a video chat with what she thought was a group of Conservative supporters. You can see it on Skwawkbox. No doubt she was expecting a few carefully-vetted questions for which she could provide some carefully-rehearsed answers.

What she got was a group of “Kill the Bill” protesters, angry at her Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that is intended to criminalise public protest in the United Kingdom. I don’t condone their behaviour because, to be honest, they went rampant on the text chat in a way that wasn’t likely to do their cause any good.

What the incident demonstrates, though, is the polarity of thought in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party.

The chat’s host apologised for the incident, stating, “I’ve no idea how these leftists got in on the call.”

“Leftists”? How do they know?

The simple fact is that Patel’s Bill will outlaw protest by people of any political denomination: left, right, up, down, centre (wherever that is) – they’ll all go to jail for raising a finger, if she has her way.

But people with a legitimate right to question her policy were put down as “leftists” by the chat host.

One may conclude that this person is as much a fascist as Patel herself.

Perhaps everybody taking part (other than the protesters) is of the same persuasion.

The question we, as ordinary citizens of the United Kingdom, have to ask is:

Do we want these creepy ghouls to have authority over us?

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Protests across the UK as the Tories move to ban… protest

Ugly: this image from Priti Patel’s speech to the Tory conference last year, outliing why she wants to steal your freedom of speech and protest, could illustrate her reactions to the protests against her Policing Bill, across the UK, on January 15. She HATES people and she will do everything she can to grind you into the dirt.

Take a look at this clip from the BBC’s Question Time, in which an audience member points out that, while the possibility of removing a prime minister may be very exciting, it is also a distraction from major issues – like the Tory plan to end democratic protest:

Note the way Fiona Bruce shut the issue down. Clearly it was against the BBC’s agenda to allow anybody to talk about this.

Besides that, though, the audience member was wrong. The attack on our right to protest is connected to the fact that Tories like Boris Johnson thought they could have parties when we weren’t allowed to do the same, and the reason is simple:

They want to be able to do anything they like and know that there will be no consequences for them – because they are shutting down our ability to protest.

See?

Part of that agenda can be revealed by pointing out the lack of BBC – or any mass news media – coverage of a huge number of demonstrations, up and down the UK yesterday (Saturday, January 15), against Priti Patel’s plan to ban protest.

Many thousands of people took to the streets to raise awareness of the threat to our fundamental right of free speech, but the BBC and others did their best to silence them.

It was good to see some Opposition politicians join them – although the support was not wholehearted:

No, she hadn’t.

None of Labour’s current top team said a single word about the greatest threat to democracy in our time. It seems they support it.

On the other hand, Jeremy Corbyn – the former Labour leader that Keir Starmer (TelAvivKeef, as he is dubbed here, for reasons explained elsewhere) had booted out of the Parliamentary Labour Party – was exactly where they should have been: with the people, explaining why the protest is necessary:

I have photographic evidence of demonstrations in London:

In Bath:

In Sheffield:

And I understand there have been many more.

You need to be aware of what is happening, though.

And you need to contact your MP to demand that it is stopped.

With their overwhelming numerical superiority in Parliament, the Tories are going to push through this crime against your rights – which will come with a prision sentence of up to 51 weeks if you are caught breaking the new law – unless they are made to believe that it will make them unpopular.

Recent history, though, shows that most people are happier just curling up into a ball and hiding on their sofas while our Parliamentary parasites run roughshod over them.

Did I just describe you?

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#PritiPatel’s #NewYearResolution is to direct her hate at individual groups – like #ecoprotesters

Vile.

Priti Patel – who, please remind yourself, is actually the UK’s Home Secretary and not a lunatic screaming from the social media sidelines – has released a video announcing her intentions for the New Year.

It’s ugly propaganda.

In part of it, she announces an intention to clamp down on eco-protest. This comes after the government that she represents pushed through a legal change that allows water companies to pump raw, untreated sewage containing human waste, condoms, tampons and who-knows-what-else into the UK’s waterways.

Her speech may be directed at people like Insulate Britain but you can be sure she’ll use new laws to attack anybody who dares to question the Tories’ right to fill the whole of the UK with their sh*t.

Here’s a quick video summary I did on TikTok (still testing what I can do):

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#PritiPatel plans clampdown on #eco protest after government voted to dump #rawsewage into UK waterways.

♬ original sound – VoxPolitical

(Apologies to those who want subtitles but I still haven’t worked them out yet.)

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Will #KeirStarmer apologise to #LSE students he falsely accused over #TzipiHotovely protest?

Anti-Hotovely, not anti-Semitic: British-Jewish people protesting against a previous Hotovely event.

Students who were condemned by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Labour leader Keir Starmer for protesting against a speech by the violently racist Israeli ambassador have been cleared by their university.

In a letter to around 200 staff, bosses at the London School of Economics stated that they found “no evidence whatsoever of protestors having broken the law” when Tzipi Hotovely gave a speech there in November.

LSE staff members had petitioned for an announcement “immediately affirming our students’ right to protest on campus without fear of police investigation.”

The response was written last month but has only recently become public knowledge.

Isn’t this awkward for Priti Patel, who wrote the following:

There wasn’t any “intimidation, harrassment [sic – Patel can’t spell] & abuse” but Patel demanded a police investigation anyway.

The Metropolitan Police almost immediately responded by saying there would be “no investigation” – because no incident took place that required police involvement.

While we might object to some “no investigation” decisions by the Met (evening, prime minister!) I think most of us can agree that this was the right choice.

Starmer may not – he certainly didn’t at the time, when he tweeted the following:

This is a former Director of Public Prosecutions, remember.

It is not unreasonable to expect him to realise that there was no intimidation; there were no threats of violence.

It is reasonable to expect him to accept the decision of the police and that he was wrong.

But I haven’t seen any evidence of an apology to LSE students – from either Starmer or Patel.

So how about it, Sir Keir – and Priti? Which of you has the strength of character to admit you were wrong – and say sorry?

Source: Protesters against Israeli ambassador exonerated by university | The Electronic Intifada

#Tory #Covid deniers threatening civil disobedience against another #lockdown have a nasty surprise coming

Perhaps Tim missed this.

Tim Montgomerie used to be the editor of ConservativeHome, the Tory blog.

So you’d think he would have kept his finger on the pulse of current affairs a bit better, wouldn’t you?

Here he is being put straight by the ever-sharp Paul Bernal:

That’s right – and for once it was a promise that was in the Tory manifesto in 2019.

The trouble with people like Tim is they’re so entitled they don’t ever think these laws will be applied to them.

If a new lockdown happens, of course, it won’t arise from a manifesto promise; it will be a feeble attempt by Johnson to save his political bacon.

So Mr Montgomerie may be entirely justified in protesting.

He just won’t be allowed to – by a change in the law that he merrily cheerled.

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Priti Patel has stuffed her anti-protest Bill with even MORE dictatorial attacks on liberty

Priti Patel: beneath that smug smile lurks nothing but pure evil. And nearly 14 million people wholeheartedly voted for her to strip them of their human rights and liberties.

Who knew that Boris Johnson’s Tory government, elected on a landslide because it promised us “sunlit uplands” of freedom, would prove to be the greatest threat to liberty in the history of the United Kingdom?

Well… Vox Political did, obviously, because I wrote about it before the 2019 general election. Perhaps people were deterred from reading it by the constant lies about This Writer being an anti-Semite, or the lies that only the Tory-biased mass media could possibly be able to give you the facts.

At the time, I wrote: “Page 48 of the Conservative Party manifesto… states: “We will update the Human Rights Act and administrative law to ensure that there is a proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government.” It means: We will remove your right to protest against our dictatorship and if you try to stop us, we will use the police and the armed forces to PUT YOU DOWN.

“If you vote Conservative on December 12, that is what you are demanding.”

And nearly 14 million people, led by the nose by people like Laura Kuenssberg, Andrew Marr and Robert Peston, merrily voted away the hard-won liberties enjoyed by the other 54 million of us as well.

Now we find that, having already introduced dictatorial anti-protest measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill last March, Home Secretary Priti Patel has apparently decided, halfway through its progress through Parliament, that it is not harsh enough and has amended it to make it even worse.

And this is a Bill that proposes outlawing protest that makes any noise or disturbs, in any way, a single person (thereby obviating the point of any protest, which is to draw attention to the issue under protest)!

Here’s Nadia Whittome with the headlines:

So “stop and search” powers, currently used by police if they have “reasonable grounds for suspecting” someone is carrying certain items or something which could be used to violate certain laws, like burglary or theft – and habitually abused by them to victimise people of colour – are being expanded, rather than restricted.

The Bill proposes that they now be used “whether or not the constable has any grounds for suspecting that the person… is carrying a prohibited object” in order to avoid “serious disruption” or a “public nuisance”. So police will be able to stop and search anybody, for any reason that comes into their heads.

Anyone obstructing a stop and search during a protest risks imprisonment for nearly a year. This is how dictatorships behave.

Two new amendments appear to be intended to stop the Insulate Britain protesters who have been supergluing themselves to roads – but the wording is so loose that it may be used indiscriminately against the general public.

So Amendment 319A creates an offence of “locking on”, or carrying equipment which might facilitate it, targeting anyone who attaches themselves to “a person, to an object or to land”. It could equally be applied to protestors who link arms during a sit-down protest, or even hold hands – or to people walking past a protest, having nothing to do with it, who just happen to be carrying a fixative of any kind. Such a person could also find him- or herself in prison for 51 weeks.

Isn’t it handy for Patel that outlawing the kind of protest carried out by Suffragettes a century ago means she’ll be able to get on and deport all those black people she hates so much, without being stopped by people blocking the road outside detention centres. She knew what she was doing.

And then there’s the new ASBO for people who want to protest against Tory dictatorship:

The most far-reaching and alarming part of the legislation is called an SDPO, or Serious Disruption Prevention Order. It is one of the most egregious assaults on individual freedom we’ve seen in modern legislation.

An SDPO is basically a protest Asbo. It can be imposed on anyone convicted of a “protest-related offence”. This category alone is extremely broad. It potentially applies, under the provisions of the bill itself, to the examples above – possessing superglue near a demonstration, or holding hands during a protest.

even that is not enough. Amendment 342M.2.iii allows it to be imposed on people whose activities “were likely to result in serious disruption”. In other words, you do not even have to have been convicted of a crime. You do not even need to have caused disruption. It’s enough that you might have.

Once the order is imposed, it eradicates your rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Those under an order can be forced to report to the authorities whenever the courts demand it, as often as they demand it. They must “present themselves to a particular person at a particular place at… particular times on particular days”.

They can also be prohibited from being at a certain place, or possessing certain items, or participating in certain activities, or socialising with certain people, for up to two years. They can be blocked from using the internet to “encourage” people to “carry out activities related to a protest”. Someone who used their social media account to promote a demonstration could be found in breach of the order. The SDPOs are a full-scale assault on the individual’s human rights. And they can apply even if they’ve never been convicted of a crime.

So that’s be it for This Writer; I have written in support of many protests in the past, including those attacking Tory government crimes against liberty.

And if the people who voted this dictatorship saw reports of protesters being jailed under these proposed new powers, what do you think they’d say?

They would say the protesters – or innocent bystanders – deserved it because their protest was against the law – as though it always had been.

These people never seem to learn from their mistakes.

Imagine their surprise and shock when the Tories take their houses away from them to pay for social care (or name any other recent Tory attack on poor/working class people) and they feel the same law applied to them when they try to oppose it.

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Met police announces ‘no investigation’ into Hotovely protest. What was all the fuss about, then?

Anti-Hotovely, not anti-Semitic: British-Jewish people protesting against a previous Hotovely event last month.

Will supporters of Israel’s racist UK ambassador complain after the Metropolitan Police made nonsense of their accusations against students at LSE?

Tzipi Hotovely was invited to spout her vile extremism at a debate on the LSE campus on November 9 – to the disgust of around 18 student groups.

They organised a protest outside, that was highly visible and noisy – and also clearly non-violent. What would be the point of protesting against an advocate of violence with violence?

Hotovely was rushed into her waiting car by Israeli Embassy security staff but there is no evidence that she was ever in danger.

But the incident was criticised by politicians from both the Conservative government and the Labour Party.

Home Secretary Priti Patel pretended that the student protesters had subjected the genocidally violent Hotovely to “intimidation, harassment and abuse”. They didn’t. Isn’t that what she preaches, in any case?

And Labour busybody Lisa Nandy carped that “freedom of speech is a fundamental right and any attempt to silence or intimidate those we disagree with should never be tolerated”, without ever acknowledging that she was trying to silence and intimidate LSE students from exercising their own freedom of speech.

That’s typical of Labour’s current attitude, though: freedom of speech is only allowed if you’re wealthy and privileged. It’s a very Conservative way of thinking, isn’t it?

Both Patel and Nandy – and others – falsely characterised the students’ legitimate protest as a hate incident for their own right-wing political purposes.

This could not have been made more bluntly obvious than by the Metropolitan Police statement, which simply said there will be “no investigation” – because no incident took place that requires police involvement.

Now, all the politicians who screamed up a fuss about it need to take a good, hard look at themselves.

This Site has already highlighted the fact that Labour leader Keir Starmer, along with Nandy, shared a table with Hotovely at the Labour Friends of Israel annual dinner event earlier this week.

They were saying they shared this vile woman’s abhorrent views.

To This Writer, that means they are absolutely unfit to hold any position in the Labour Party whatsoever. They should not even be members.

The fact that they are squatting in offices that should be held by people who are worthy of those positions is an offence to Labour’s legacy, equivalent to defiling the graves of those who have gone before, in This Writer’s opinion.

Yet there they squat, still.

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It wasn’t anti-Semitic to reject this extreme racist Israeli ambassador

Anti-Hotovely, not anti-Semitic: British-Jewish people protesting against a previous Hotovely event last month.

On the surface, it may have seemed like an angry mob chased Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely from the London School of Economics.

In fact, she was in no danger at all, being protected from protesters by UK police and embassy security personnel:

But she was booed off the LSE campus – and rightly so.

She is a racist – even anti-Semite, white supremacist war-monger:

That’s why 18 student groups signed an open letter expressing outrage that Hotovely had been asked to speak on their campus. They said said Hotovely’s racism was in clear contravention of LSE policies on external speakers.

Protesters turned out in force, outside the building where Hotevely’s lecture took place. The group LSE for Palestine said “students maintained a peaceful protest throughout the evening” and claimed that several students had walked out of the event in protest at Hotovely’s racism:

Both Conservative and Labour politicians have condemned the demonstration against this anti-Arab, genocidal racist, falsely portraying protesters as violent anti-Semites and condemning “intimidation, harassment and abuse”…

… that simply did not happen.

A prime example is the contribution by Lisa Nandy, once chair of Labour Friends of Palestine:

Now let’s read Daniel Finn’s response to her claim about freedom of speech:

Here’s a sane reaction to the claims of anti-Semitism being spread by such loose-lipped individuals as Nandy, Patel and others:

And remember that while this was going on, the Israeli government was continuing its campaign of brutal oppression against the Palestinian people:

Like this child?

You can bet he’s not saying anything now, though.

And the oppression goes on and on…

Yet racists like Hotovely, Patel and Nandy – and all their fellow travellers – are trying to gaslight you into thinking Hotovely is the victim. They are genuinely sickening.

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Hardline Home Secretary’s ‘toxic’ plan to restrict protest attacks ‘basic democratic rights’

“Little despot” Priti Patel is attacking “some of the most basic democratic rights of citizens” in her plan to restrict UK citizens’ fundamental right to protest, it’s being claimed.

She is facing revolt against her planned law as the Policing Bill enters the House of Lords this week.

And more than 350 organisations, including human rights groups, charities and faith bodies, have written to Patel and justice secretary Robert Buckland to say that the measures would have a “profound impact” on freedom of expression, and are “an attack on some of the most basic democratic rights of citizens”.

Peers are likely to make amendments to the Bill before it goes back to the House of Commons, triggering a potential confrontation with MPs.

But the hardline Patel may be defeated if enough Conservative MPs join a rebellion.

Former Labour Home Secretary Lord David Blunkett said the Bill would stop people from protesting over issues like planning proposals, fracking or other topical items against which they have every right to express opposition.

And he said if the Bill is intended to stop people with political agendas from using the right to protest for their own ends, then it does not achieve that goal.

He said other ways of dealing with such behaviour already exist.

Source: Patel faces widening revolt over policing bill’s restrictions on protest | Police | The Guardian

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